Rev Edward W Clayborn - (The Guitar Evangelist) Complete Recorded Works 1926-1928 In Chronological Order

Published Wednesday 10th January 2007
Rev Edward W Clayborn - (The Guitar Evangelist) Complete Recorded Works 1926-1928 In Chronological Order
Rev Edward W Clayborn - (The Guitar Evangelist) Complete Recorded Works 1926-1928 In Chronological Order

STYLE: Blues
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 21359-11936
LABEL: Document DOCD5155
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

If you've not come across Clayborn before, he is a legendary guitar evangelist preacher who in the market of the day was successful in what they called the "race" market. Along with vaudeville, jazz and blues, there was an audience for sacred music including singing preachers recorded with their congregations and for a group of emerging singer/guitarists like Clayborn. These sides, originally on 78s, were recorded between 1926 and 1928 and when heard altogether on a single CD, there is something very monotonous about his limited guitar playing since every song has exactly the same rhythm. Having said that, Clayborn is responsible for two absolute classics that are featured here and have been covered by many other people. "Your Enemy Cannot Harm You" starts off describing the story of Judas but ends with Clayborn suggesting you can't trust anybody. Clearly the dude had been badly treated at some point! Another classic is "The Gospel Train Is Coming" and somehow "The Wrong Way To Celebrate Christmas" seems thoroughly contemporary lyrically for the 21st century. Aside from his limited guitar playing, Clayborn was an excellent lyricist and the track "Let That Lie Alone" is the best example here to prove that point. Robert Johnson is much admired for his primitive blues recordings and Clayborn could be considered a gospel equivalent, writing songs that influenced all the gospel blues that followed.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Your Enemy Cannot Harm You [Listen]
2. The Gospel Train Is Coming [Listen]
3. Let That Lie Alone [Listen]
4. Let That Lie Alone [Listen]
5. There'll Be Glory [Listen]
6. Death Is Only A Dream [Listen]
7. Let Jesus Lead You [Listen]
8. Jesus Will Make It All Right [Listen]
9. Bye And Bye When The Morning Comes [Listen]
10. Jesus Is Sweeter Than Honey In The Comb [Listen]
11. With My Saviour I Shall Be [Listen]
12. O Lord, I'm In You Care [Listen]
13. Everybodt Ought To Treat Their Mother Right [Listen]
14. Then We'll Need That True Religion [Listen]
15. You Never Will Know Is Your Friend [Listen]
16. In Time Of Trouble Jesus Will Never Say Goodbye [Listen]
17. A Letter From Father [Listen]
18. God's Riding Through The Land [Listen]
19. Men Don't Forget Your Wives For Your Sweetheart [Listen]
20. If My Saviour Holds My Hand I Will Go [Listen]
21. Jesus Went On Man's Bond [Listen]
22. I Heard The Angels Singing [Listen]
23. I Shall Not Be Moved [Listen]
24. The Wrong Way To Celebrate Christmas [Listen]
25. This Time Another Year You May Be Gone [Listen]
26. I HAve A Home In The Sky [Listen]
27. Just Beyond The River Jordan [Listen]

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